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Alternative to Piaget - Nativist Explanations

Piaget proposed a constructivist approach (the child constructs its own knowledge through schemas)
to learning, but this idea has been challenged by nativist explanations.

This view states that human characteristics are innate or a result of nature. Babies display certain
abilities that they cannot…

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Differences in looking time show that the infant can tell the difference between the stimuli
4 month-old infants habituated and then shown `possible' and `impossible events'
o Piaget thought 8 months old ­ criticisms: wrong method; confusing competence with
performance
Baillargeon found that infants would look for longer at impossible…

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